Wine Quotations and Quips
"... good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people." -- William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me." -- Thomas Jefferson.
"I have often wondered what the vintners buy, one half so precious as the goods they sell" -- Omar Khayyam
"In vino veritas." -- a proverb (Latin for "In wine, truth") quoted by Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium.
"Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine." -- Thomas Aquinas.
"There is a devil in every berry of the grape." -- Koran.
"WINE n. Fermented grape-juice known to the Women's Christian Union as "liquor," sometimes as "rum."
Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.
"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do." -- Ecclesiastes 9:7
"Once... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days." -- W. C. Fields, My Little Chickadee.
"They are astoundingly vivid, undeflected, radiantly seethingly alive on the palate, not just larger than life, but realer than reality. Drinking them I have been moved to every emotion under the sun: wonder, sadness in the face of such utter beauty, frustration when the wine was so celestially multifaceted I couldn't assimilate all the flavors, shattering excitement at the sheer electricity, helpless yielding at the total seductiveness, tears of gladness, sorrow, and almost rage at one special wine that was so fiercely beautiful I felt I couldn't rise up high enough to meet it." -- Terry Theise, "Companion Wine Review"
"There is no back label with a story on a beer can." -- Ely Callaway, Founder of Callaway winery
"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age." -- Stephen Wright
"Wine is the most healthful and most hygenic of beverages" -- Louis Pasteur
"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine." -- Anthelme Brillat Savarin
"Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow." -- Euripides
"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason." -- Latin saying
"A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore." -- Johann Strauss
"Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." -- St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23
"Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved." -- Medieval German saying
"Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well used." -- William Shakespeare
"Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -- Benjamin Franklin
"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13
"Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach." -- Spanish saying
"No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God." -- Plato
"God made only water, but man made wine." -- Victor Hugo
"Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues." -- Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
"Wine is bottled poetry." -- Robert Louis Stevenson
"When asked what wines he liked to drink he replied, 'That which belongs to another.'" -- Laertius Diogenes
"The wines that one best remembers are not necessarily the finest that one has ever tasted, and the highest quality may fail to delight so much as some far more humble beverage drunk in more favorable surroundings." -- H. Warner Allen, from the wine list of Commander's Palace in New Orleans, LA, courtesy of John McDonald, Dallas, TX
"The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations." -- French proverbs "When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." -- Aristophanes c. 450 - 385 B.C., Knights [424 B.C.], l. 92
"I rather like bad wine ... one gets so bored with good wine." -- Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–1881), Sybil; or, The Two Nations (1845), bk. I, ch. 1
"My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!" -- Sean Connery as James Bond, in Goldfinger (1964)
"Sparkling Muscatel. One of the finest wines of Idaho." -- Waiter (Steve Martin), in The Muppet Movie (1979)
"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink; that's the one thing I'm indebted to her for." -- W. C. Fields, in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" -- Larson E. Whipsnade (W. C. Fields), in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
In a fragment from his circa 375 BC play Semele or Dionysus Eubulus has the god of wine Dionysos describe proper and improper drinking: "For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health (which they drink first), the second for love and pleasure, and the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home. The fourth krater is not mine any more - it belongs to bad behaviour; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness." -- 375 BC play Semele or Dionysus Eubulus has the god of wine Dionysos describe proper and improper drinking.
"Wine is Bottled Poetry" - Robert Louis Stevenson